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Special Issue: Humor Cover by Jon Agee. “Say Something Funny”: musings of author and accidental humorist Lisa Yee. New Yorker art editor and TOON publisher Françoise Mouly asks, “What’s So Funny About Comics?” “Laughter and Resistance”: Philip Nel on humor as a weapon in the age of Trump. “Mocking Moscow”: author Eugene Yelchin on political […]

Roger did NOT talk with Sarah Pieters

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…because she’s not a real person. Those amazing photos are by and of Kitty Flynn, who we would NOT mess with, with that thousand-yard stare. Happy April Fools’ Day! We were inspired for this year’s joke by the work of the late Peter D. Sieruta, whose April Fools’ Day pranks had bite and whose Horn […]

Sydney Smith on Town Is by the Sea

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In our March/April 2017 issue, our editors asked illustrator Sydney Smith about his illustrations for quiet new picture book Town Is by the Sea. Read the full starred review. Horn Book Editors: The illustrations help pace the story so beautifully. How did this book come together among text, art, and design? Sydney Smith: Joanne Schwartz’s […]

Women’s History Month, Week 5

The Horn Book Celebrates Women's History Month

March is Women’s History Month, and now seems like an especially important time to celebrate the achievements of women and girls. Look for the hashtag #HBWomensHistory17 on Facebook and Twitter and here at hbook.com. This week’s articles: recommended bios of female innovators in the visual arts review of Ten Days a Madwoman: The Daring Life […]

Sarah Pieters Talks with Roger

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Longtime editor Edna Albertson, known for her Dear Clueless letters published in The Horn Book, retired from Cottage Press (now a division of ImPress) in 1997. She was succeeded by Sarah Pieters, whose, ahem, discriminating approach to manuscript acquisitions rivals that of her predecessor. I spoke with Sarah ahead of the publication of Dear Dumbass: […]

World Autism Awareness Week and Autism Acceptance/Awareness Month

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The last week of March is World Autism Awareness Week, which leads into Autism Acceptance Month (also known as Autism Awareness Month). Below, we’ve compiled some resources for advocacy and recommended books highlighting experiences of those with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their loved ones. Resources from The Horn Book “Reading on the Spectrum” by Ashley […]

Unlucky Arithmetic: Thirteen Ways to Raise a Nonreader

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Click here to download Dean Schneider and Robin Smith’s classic how-(NOT)to… From the March/April 2001 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

The CCBC’s Diversity Statistics: A Conversation with Kathleen T. Horning

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The Cooperative Children’s Book Center (a research library of the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Education) began documenting the numbers of children’s books by African American authors and illustrators in 1985 — when then–CCBC director Ginny Moore Kruse, serving on the Coretta Scott King Book Award Jury, learned that of the approximately 2500 trade books […]

Women in the visual arts

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We’re commemorating Women’s History Month in typical Horn Book fashion — by highlighting great books! Last week we recommended books about groundbreaking women in STEM; here are some recent picture-book biographies (plus one memoir and one tribute anthology) of innovative female visual artists. Today brought some good news regarding women and art: it’s just been […]

From The Guide: Art Appreciation

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Rita Auerbach’s extended review of Molly Bang’s Picture This 25th anniversary edition took me back to my Simmons grad school days. I remember the eye-opening experience of reading Picture This for the first time — how it forever altered the way I “read” and examine art and illustration. The following books, all recommended by The […]